Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City #3)
The calamity-prone residents of 28 Barbary Lane are at it again in this deliciously dark novel of romance and betrayal. While Anna Madrigal imprisons an anchorwoman in her basement, Michael Tolliver looks for love at the National Gay Rodeo, DeDe Halcyon Day and Mary Ann Singleton track a charismatic psychopath across Alaska, and society columnist Prue Giroux loses her hea
Dramatisation of Armistead Maupin's classic sequence of comic novels about the denizens of a San Francisco apartment house in the late 70s and early 80s.
It didn't really matter as it was a whole new story for the characters not a continuation. It just meant that I got a tiny bit lost at times and didn't know all the history of the characters which would probably have made me care about them more.
I found the characters quite alien but some of this may have been due to reading the 3rd book 1 ...more
Bislang der Höhepunkt der Reihe, enthält alle typischen Elemente, die man lieben oder hassen kann, daneben aber mit der Rückkehr von Jim Jones einen Roten Faden, der den Aufbau eines grotesken Thrillerszenarios ermöglicht, dessen Auflösung sich aber den traditionellen Mechanismen entzieht.
Further Tales of the City is my least favourite of the first three books, for two reasons.
First, the plot is preposterous. Armistead Maupin pulls his usual trick of juxtaposing characters through unlikely coincidences, but that's not the most annoying part. My main complaint is that the central plot is plain silly, constructed from an unbelievable premise, abrupt twists ...more
The plot in the third in the series is far-fetched though intriguing, centring around the Jonestown deaths in Guyana.
But it is just a joy to spend time with Maupin's well-drawn and loveable characters. I do agree with some comments though that there's not quite enough of Mrs Madrigal in this installment.
The joy of the series and the skill of Maupin is in the development of these characters. The ...more
Further Tales of the City is book 3 in the series which I haven't read 1 nor 2 and probably won't. The story originally takes place in San Francisco with a tight knit community of homosexuals, a landlady and a heterosexual cou ...more
And how does he put so much humor into his suspense and drama? I love it. And it was nice to see Dr. Jon come back.
And while I hated that Brian and Michael had to deal with extremely violent prejudice, I admire the fact that Maupin wrote about it in such a straight forward manner and actually acknowledged it. I can't im ...more
As with the other books in this series, the character development and dialogue are why I read these books. The plots rely on coincidence and luck (both good and bad) a little too much for t ...more
I was surprised they got rid of Mona so quickly. The Jon thing was weird. The entire plot involving Jim Jones was weird. Very unlike the other books, and I didn't think it added any value to them. Mary Ann's new career choices felt sudden. Mary Ann and Brian felt sudden. Skipping three ...more
I read Further Tales of the City before deciding to go back and restart the series. Thus, I’m posting out-of-order, which is a big hypothetical no-no in my blog mind, but I didn’t want to start posting with b ...more
One cannot help but love most of the characters, except the odd psycho or two. I feel sorry for Mary- Ann though, she seems to have to keep a secret at the end of each book. I love the way he describes each chapter with a headline, really funny and smart!
In the third book, Mary Ann is on a big story, h ...more
This is the third in the Tales of the City series. We are now in about 1982, about five years beyond the last book. In this one, the main events occur surrounding Dee, who, along with her twins, was not killed in Jonestown, but escaped before the final “White night.” But she believed that some of the “temple people” still alive in California might be after her. We ...more
Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971. In 19 ...more